PAN Works opposes all discrimination against people based on visible and invisible factors, including but not limited to age, class, disability, ethnicity, gender, geography, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation or identity, size, and worldview.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
At PAN Works, we hold the values of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) as part of our moral commitment to champion the wellbeing of individuals and communities. Taken as a set of interrelated concepts, DEI welcomes the variety of human difference, advances fair and just treatment for everyone, and fosters diversity and equity through a culture of inclusivity.
As we see it, diversity comes in many forms, both visible and invisible. Equity involves fairness and justice in both opportunity and outcomes, while inclusion involves practices that create possibilities for participation and community.
As an intentionally heterodox and pluralistic think tank, we believe that visible and invisible diversity is key to achieving our mission. We are rich in many forms of diversity, and we look forward to further diversification as our network of fellows and projects expands.
We reject all discrimination based on markers of human diversity, and affirm the intrinsic value of human beings. This affirmation amplifies our commitment to an anti-discrimination policy as our organizational structure and operations are designed to foster an equitable and inclusive environment. Rooted in a democratic ethos informed by Quaker practice, this design includes a working board, deliberative decision-making, independent project teams, a participatory and collaborative culture, and shared capacity building.
Finally, in PAN Works, our commitment to DEI is well expressed through the concept of covenant. Here, we are not speaking of covenant as a legal practice, but in terms of its deeper ethical meaning — a promise to do right by each other and to treat each other with fairness and integrity. Covenants can be reinforced when challenged, renewed when broken, and revised as needed to meet changing circumstances. For us, DEI is a covenantal commitment to individuals and communities founded on the principles of care, dignity and respect.